MLC polls: BJP candidates files nomination papers

Amdist fanfare and in the pres­ence of state BJP leaders and party supporters, BJP can­didate M V Ravishankar filed his nomination on Wednesday from the South Graduates’ Constituency for MLC polls at the Regional Commission­er’s Office on Hunsur Road, here. Opposition leader in the Legislative Council K S Es­hwarappa, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha, former minister S Suresh, MLA C T Ravi, former former minister S A Ramadas, former minister M Shivanna and others were present.

Anticipating victory in the MLC elections, Ravishankar said that though there is a tough competition between BJP, JD(S) and Congress can­didates, majority of the vot­ers who are in the teaching progression will support BJP as the Congress government had failed to address teach­ers’ issues. He said, voters in the South Graduates’ Constit­uency were more vigilant and concerned about the national issues as Prime Minister Nar­endra Modi has initiated pro­gressive steps for overall de­velopment of the country.

“By visiting four districts in the South Graduates’ Constit­uency that is Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar, I can address the problems of graduates and will focus on implementation of devel­opmental works for ensuring employment if I am elected,” asserted Ravishankar.


Opposition leader in Leg­islative Council K S Esh­warappa alleged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was encouraging sand mafia in his native district Mysuru and was not allowing the police to enforce law and order across the state.

Thousands of loads of ille­gal sand is being transported everyday from Mysuru and the government has failed to take action against illegal sand dealers. Instead of di­recting the police department to take action against illegal sand dealers, the government is imposing restrictions on top police officers to protect sand mafia, he alleged.

“Let the chief minister an­nounce that there is no illegal sand mining undertaken in Mysuru and direct the police officers to take stringent ac­tion against sand mafia, if he has a genuine concern for his his native district. “Illegal sand mining is causing water scarcity leading and affecting farmers which are also one of major reasons for series of farmers’ suicides in the dis­trict.” The state government failed to utilise grants re­leased by central government for drought management, he alleged. MP Prathap Simha, former minister S Suresh and former MLA Somshekar were present.


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